On the whole the level of the test was easy to moderate. The important thing was time management. One had to pick the easy questions and leave any questions which were difficult or time consuming.
Reasoning was moderately easy in comparison to Quant, having 18 easy, and 7 moderate questions. The areas covered under reasoning section were Critical Reasoning (Q42, 50 Easy), , Analytical Reasoning (Q26-28,29-30, 40-41, 43 -46, 49 All Easy except question no 29, 49.) and Syllogisms (Q33-34-Moderate), Reasoning miscellaneous(Q32,36- easy; 47,48 - moderate), relationship & direction(Q31, 35- easy level), Series (Q37-38- easy), and odd man out (Q39- moderate). A student could have gathered 90 percentile plus by attempting 21-23 questions with 80-85% accuracy.
Quant was of easy level with 16 easy, 8 medium and 1 difficult question. All the topics in Quantitative ability were covered by taking 1-2 questions each such as Algebra (4 Easy and 1 Medium), Data Sufficiency (2 Medium& 1 difficult), Geometry & Mensuration (1 Easy & 1 moderate), Numbers (2 Easy), Alligation & mixture (1 Easy), Venn Diagram (1 easy) and Work & Time (2 Easy & 1 medium). In addition, 1 difficult question also appeared on miscellaneous logical math. DI had 3 sets, 1 set have 2 questions each on Pie Charts (Q16-17), Tables (Q22-24) and Data caselets (Q18-19), all of which were of easy to moderate level. A student could have gathered 90 percentile plus by attempting 22-24 questions with 80 - 85% accuracy.
The Verbal section was easy to moderate. First few questions Q(51-62) were based on reading comprehension. 1st paragraph Q(51-53) talked about preserving things for future generations to avoid inevitable loss. Questions were based on facts and vocabulary. All questions were easy level except Q(53) which was easy. 2nd paragraph Q(54-56) talked about organic evolution. Questions were based on vocabulary and facts. All questions were of medium level. 3rd paragraph Q(57-62) talked about Face paint and Make up and described various perspectives. Questions were vocabulary based and author’s perspective. All questions were of medium level except questions (57 & 62) which were easy. Then questions (63, 64, 70, 71) were based on sentence completion and were easy except Q(70) which was of medium level. Questions (65, 72, 73) were based on vocabulary and were easy except Q (73) which was of medium level. Then questions (66, 67) based on sentence rearrangement were easy except Q(67) which was of difficult level. Q(68) was based on analogy and was easy. Q(69) based on critical reasoning was difficult. Q(74) was based on grammar and Q(75) on verbal reasoning and both were easy. One should do 17-19 questions with 80-85% accuracy to get 90%ile.
This section of the paper was moderate. The paper was covering Business and economy, books authors, international and national, finance and banking, sports, Politics, history, science and technology. Very less time should be devoted to this section of the paper. In order to generate a percentile of 90+ a student should have ideally attempted 15-18 questions with 85 – 90% accuracy.
The overall feel of the paper was of easy to moderate category. Now talking of strategy, as a general rule you should not get struck in any question unless you are sure about its solution. Taking the AR section now, the general strategy is that never leave AR on the face of it that it is either lengthy or the language is difficult, without reading the questions given below as some of the question could be direct and do not require full reading and understanding of the information. Taking the Verbal, the general strategy is that never leave a RC passage on the face of it that it is either lengthy or the language is difficult, without reading the questions given below as some of the question could be direct and do not require full reading and understanding of the passage. One should have a good knowledge of grammar and vocabulary to score well. Also one should read a lot to have hold on reading comprehensions. GK section should have been devoted very less time and attempting only those questions which one knows.